Can the acting chancellor of D.C. Public Schools earn your trust? He’s going to try.

Lewis D. Ferebee has questions. What method are you using to solve those algebra problems? Is this neighborhood still considered Capitol Hill? What improvements do you want to see in your school? The mayor’s nominee to lead D.C. Public Schools — who has been serving as acting chancellor for nearly a month — is trying to deftly navigate the city’s bumpy education terrain as he prepares for the D.C. Council to decide his fate. A pivotal moment arrives Tuesday, when Ferebee is expected to be questioned by the council during the third and final public hearing on his nomination. (Wash. Post)

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Eastern Shore Community College to do three-year 'reboot'

Results of a state study of Eastern Shore Community College are in — along with recommendations for changes to make over the next three years. “The bottom line is that we believe the assessment offers a fair and thorough look at where ESCC stands today and, more importantly, provides an encouraging road map to take going forward,” said Jeff Holland, Board of Directors chairman, in a letter to faculty, staff, board members and supporters. (Daily Times)

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Parents say they pulled their children out of FCPS over dyslexia intervention shortcomings

Jamie Aliveto, FCPS director of system accountability and school improvement, said the system is going into this issue with “eyes wide open,” recognizing where they fall short in meeting the needs of students with dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia, addressing the challenge head-on and aiming to be transparent throughout the process. Next, FCPS will add two new grant-funded positions, an academic language specialist and teacher specialist for intensive literacy intervention, and more high-quality training. (News-Post)

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Maryland universities grapple with racist photos in yearbooks

The racist images that roiled Virginia’s political landscape this week have forced some self-reflection within the walls of Maryland’s colleges and universities, with the president of the state’s flagship school acknowledging that such images are sprinkled throughout the pages of the Terrapin yearbooks from the 1960s and '70s. These images of blackface, nooses and KKK robes shouldn’t come as a surprise, historians and sociologists say. (Balt. Sun)

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Greenebaum foundation gives $8 million to McDonogh School

McDonogh School has received $8 million, its second largest philanthropic gift ever, toward building a new middle school. The gift is from the Stewart and Marlene Greenebaum Family Foundation, which challenged other donors and community members to raise the remaining $17 million cost of the new building. The couple’s son, Michael Greenebaum, is a trustee and parent of students at the Owings Mills school. The building that currently houses the middle school was built in 1937, McDonogh Head of School David J. Farace said in a statement. (Balt. Sun)

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Teachers union president wants to be voice for Anne Arundel teachers

The Board of Education has nine days until it will vote on the Anne Arundel County schools superintendent’s $1.26 billion budget request for 2020 – which the teachers union president said is still not enough to meet the needs of more than 6,000 teachers but is closer. “One of our priorities is to try and close the gaps that are existing in teacher pay,” said Russell Leone, president of Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County. “This is the first step.” (Balt. Sun)

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Tempers flare during Maryland school start date debate

On the second day of Senate floor debate over legislation that would give local school districts the option of starting the school year before Labor Day, tempers boiled over. Defending his bill, Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Chair Paul G. Pinsky (D-Prince George’s) could barely contain his anger Friday as he talked about Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s (R) executive order from 2 ½ years ago mandating that all schools open after Labor Day and close by June 15. Pinsky and supporters of his bill have repeatedly contended that Hogan’s executive order robs Maryland school districts of their right to set the school calendar. (WTOP)

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan discusses HBCU settlement with Legislative Black Caucus

Gov. Larry Hogan met with members of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland on Thursday to discuss a settlement to a long-running dispute over the state's treatment of its historically black colleges, as well as other priorities of the caucus this legislative session. Hogan said after the meeting that HBCUs have his strong support. The governor told reporters the state has "drastically increased funding for all HBCUs, now with this recent budget, five years in a row — far more than the previous administration, which I think surprised the black caucus members that we talked to this morning." (Balt. Sun)

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